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Israel abandons deal on prayer at Western Wall, angering liberal Jews

Israel’s government on Sunday scrapped a compromise to allow pluralist prayer at the Western Wall holy site in Jerusalem, bowing to pressure from ultra-religious parties in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition and angering liberal Jewish denominations with large followings in North America....

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  • Iran bans women's Zumba aerobics classes

    Iran bans women's Zumba aerobics classes

    Iran has banned women from dancing, cycling, watching soccer matches, listening to certain music and now … Zumba. That’s right. The Islamic Republic’s Shiite leaders announced this week that, under religious law, the 17-year-old Colombian dance aerobics craze is forbidden. Ali Majdara, the head...

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